Sunday, 28 June 2015

Dr Organic Lavender Moisturising Gel socks review and giveaway

I don't know about you, but I want to get my feet and hands summer ready.  So when I was asked to review Dr Organic's Lavender Oil Mositurising Oil Gel socks and gloves, It seemed like the perfect opportunity to pamper and smooth at the same time.

I've trialled the gloves, and my full video review is here:    


And if you're interested, I'm giving away a pair of Dr Organic's socks for one of you lucky readers!

Usual rules apply, entrants must be 13 or older, and this competition is available WORLDWIDE.

For your chance to apply, see the details below:      

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P.P.S. I will keep your details on a database to inform you of future articles, blog updates etc. however, your details will NOT be shared with any third party.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Avista hideaway resort and spa, Phuket, review

The white decor of the Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa lobby

Our decadent Club Lounge suite at the Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa in Phuket, Thailand

When we booked into Avista Hideaway resort and Spa we knew we were getting luxury. However, as with many getaways, just quite what we were getting was a surprise, as the TripAdvisor pictures don't quite serve justice. 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Ramadan recipe - masala chilli cheese on toast

Cheese on toast with coriander, onions and spices

Ok, so this is quite possible the most unashamedly easy dish I have made so far this Ramadan, but boy does it hit the spot.

Friday, 19 June 2015

A trip to the V and A Museum, London

Blue and aqua Islamic architecture at the V&A museum in London

A wide skirt dress on display at the V&A, The design is from the 19th century

Despite having lived in London for over two years, there are so many things that I'm yet to see and do. For example, I've never been on the London Eye (shock, horror) nor have I taken a selfie with celebs at Madame Tussaud's.      

However I'm attempting to right this wrong by taking in some of the best offerings London can boast. And there are plenty. 

Monday, 15 June 2015

Laura Geller Baked Monochromatic Blush review

   Laura Geller's pigmented baked blush close-up

So I recently got gifted with Laura Geller's power-packed blush (thanks sis). I'm new to the brand, but, oh my, it is brightening. I'm sold.

You see, way back in my school days I used to assume that bright hot pinks were the reserve of lighter and brighter skin tones. I figured that Asian skin was destined for tan / orange shades.

However, blushes have come on a bit since those dark days, and I've become more informed about the power of pinks on brown skin.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Turkish okra recipe - zeytinyagli bamya

A Turkish okra recipe

Turkish okra - zeytinyagli bamya, served with yoghurt and pitta bread

As part of my healthy eating plan for 2015, I've been trying to introduce a variety of vegetables to my diet. 
And few vegetables are as healthy as Okra, or lady fingers. Yes, the long greenies are packed with vitamins, leading to a whole host of benefits, including helping reducing the rush of disease. 

But okra has a downside, the slimy texture. Despite it's health benefits, I never used to be a fan because if the slipperiness of it all.

However, I recently has a cold okra mezze at Tas restaurant, which was crisp, flavourful, and minus the gunk. Perfect.    

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Bollywood dining at Indigo cafe in Shoreditch, London

The cinematic sign of Indigo @RichMix in Shoreditch

I recently came across a very cool, retro-style cafe which served traditional Indian food.  

Indigo restaurant had me at hello. With the promise of dosa - I'm a total Indian pancake fiend - I was enticed. And the rest of the starters, mainly Indian vegetarian, I was hooked.  

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Things to do in Phuket

James Bond Island at the tip of my finger in Phuket

Women's Thai boxing at Bangla Road stadium, Phuket

So after a whirlwind visit to Bangkok and Hong Kong, it was time to relax and settle in on one of the islands surrounding Thailand. We opted for Phuket, just because of the ease of flight connections from our main destinations. 
Now it's worth bearing in mind that this leg of our trip was all about R&R, so we purposely didn't do too much. In fact, most of our trip was about making the most of the amazing resort we stayed at (more of this in a separate review).  

However there were a few things we explored which I though worth mentioning.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Hair how-to: Easy front braid real-time YouTube tutorial

Have you ever seen a heavily edited YouTube tutorial and struggled to copy the look?  Well if so, have no fear, Halima is here with another real-time hair tutorial for you, so you know exactly how to recreate it for yourself!

Friday, 29 May 2015

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